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September 26, 2017

Enhanced Visibility to Protect Your IT Environment

Innovation growth can mean a lot of things for an organization – new and improved functionality, efficiency, cost savings – but, it can also mean newly added risk. Innovation and the rapid increase of connected devices has significantly increase the attack surface for threat actors. To stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape, organizations have to adopt new security solutions that protect deeper than traditional solutions. In the past, using tools like firewalls and IDS/IPS have helped organizations to successfully detect malicious activity. However, these tools don’t support functionality that can reveal executed commands, actions taken, or whether data was extracted. This makes it hard to understand what is happening when a breach does occur. To battle these challenges organizations are considering 24/7/365 network and endpoint visibility that helps detect malicious activity as soon as it enters your environment. A fully-managed and 24/7/365 detection service can monitor your network and endpoints to provide details of breach activities.

A Matter of When – Not If

The likelihood of your organization getting compromised, infected or breached is significant. Threat actors will always evolve their attack strategies and will find a way around your endpoint protections. A data breach is detected on average six months after the threat actor enters the network. Once attackers can get into your network and live off the land, by the time you have learned about the breach, a lot of damage has already occurred.

Help and Hinder

There are many tools within your operating system that threat actors can use to live off the land and move laterally across your network. These tools help administrators to secure environments, but in the wrong hands they can cause a lot of damage. For example, hackers like to extract login credentials of employees from authentication services that verify the validity of users. This will allow the threat actor to move further around your network.

Another tool that threat actors like to interact with are snapshot tools. This is seen more often with ransomware attacks. A snapshot is a backup copy of computer files. Ransomware will often delete the snapshots on Windows to prevent victims to restore encrypted data.

IT administrators will often use tools to access an employee’s computer remotely. Hackers will often use similar tools to remotely access your computer. The employee could be working normally while the attacker is lurking in the background, viewing and gathering information. This is often called spyware.

Visibility is Key

Visibility into your network, servers, and endpoints is critical to spot suspicious activities. Security information and event monitoring (SIEM) will be able to provide full visibility into what is being taken place in your network and endpoints.

To determine if you have been breached or not, you must be able to see the types of malicious activities that have been taken place in your environment. Checking all your endpoints, servers, and network could take weeks, but having visibility into everything in one place allows for quick detection of malicious activities. You will know exactly which of your endpoints the attackers have been on, what parts of your network they have accessed and what the access point was. This allows for quick remediation and less damage.

Don’t know where to start with your organization’s security functions? A MSSP is able to help. NetServe365 is a service provider that protects, manages, and secures an organization’s IT environments and critical information. Contact us for a free demo of our 24/7/365 managed security offering!


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